Who are 'Da Bears' This Season?

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Nov 11, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears middle linebacker Brian Urlacher (54) reacts after making a play against the Houston Texans during the second quarter at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

With this new head coach the Bears will not have Brian Urlacher. Rick Tealander of the Chicago Sun-Times attributes Urlacher’s former teammates with quotes like “I’ve never seen a better leader, a better superstar in my life,” “I don’t think you can ever replace a guy like that,” and “he’s going to be missed.”

So if the Bear’s foundations have shifted, so has many of the other elements of the team. Trestman’s brought seven new coaches with him, including three from the Allouettes as well as their read-option offense. Training camp practices have been mostly closed and much of the offensive scheme kept under wraps even in the team’s 2-2 preseason effort where they lost to the Panthers, then beat the Chargers and Raiders before losing to the Browns last Thursday.

Tealander continues this theme of transition noting that, the roster turnover has been “remarkable.” They have “ten rookies.. Only 22 of 53 players remaining from two years ago.. (and) 18 out of 24 new players on offense.” With typical Chicago style, he notes “nervousness and light anxiety” in the locker room and asserts that when this year’s fans root for the Bears, they are “rooting for the laundry.” Elsewhere, his comments include “the 2013 Bears are a great unknown” and that fans have “no idea what to expect when the real games begin.”

He quotes a number of players reflecting on these changes. For example, he reports that Pro Bowl cornerback Tim Jennings claims to be “real curious to see how (Trestman) manages the offense, and manage the whole team as well” and adds “let’s see how he gets things going, how he reacts to pressure.” Tealander attributes second-year defensive end Shea McClellin with a less than confident “I think we’ll be fine.”

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